Matching Definitions

Directions to SolveRead each definition and all four choices carefully, and find the answer that provides the best example of the given definition.

Q1: People speculate when they consider a situation and assume something to be true based on inconclusive evidence. Which situation below is the best example of Speculation ?

A Mary spends thirty minutes sitting in traffic and wishes that she took the train instead of driving.

B Francine decides that it would be appropriate to wear jeans to her new office on Friday after reading about "Casual Fridays" in her employee handbook.

C When Emily opens the door in tears, Theo guesses that she's had a death in her family.

D After consulting several guidebooks and her travel agent, Jennifer feels confident that the hotel she has chosen is first-rate.

ANS:D - When Emily opens the door in tears, Theo guesses that she's had a death in her family.

This is the only situation in which someone makes an assumption that is not based on conclusive evidence. Choices a and c reflect situations in which assumptions are made based on evidence. In choice b, Mary is not assuming anything to be true. She is simply wishing that she'd made a different decision.



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